Beneath stress from intellectuals over the attainable demolition of a studying room contained in the historic Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, Bihar authorities has determined to cut back the width of a selected stretch of a proposed flyover on Patna’s Ashoka Highway.
Highway building division extra chief secretary Amrit Lal Meena mentioned, “The BRPNNL (Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Restricted) determined to cut back the width of the proposed overbridge for a sure distance to make sure that the Lord Curzon studying corridor…isn’t demolished.”
The proposed 2.1-km double-decker flyover will hyperlink Kargil Chowk to the Nationwide Institute of Engineering chowk and to Ganga Path, one other mega mission.
The library was opened in 1891 by Khan Bahadur Maulvi Khuda Baksh, a Siwan landlord, with over 4,000 manuscripts. In 1905, then viceroy of India Lord Curzon was so impressed by the library’s wealthy assortment that he constructed the studying room. In 1969, the Centre acknowledged it as an establishment of nationwide significance. At current, the library has over 21,000 manuscripts, largely in Arabic and Persian, in addition to vital writings in Sanskrit, together with over 2.5 lakh books.
In a letter to Patna DM Chandrashekhar in April, the library’s director Shayesta Bedar wrote, “The (library) board was of the view that the potential for saving the parts of the library be explored, retaining in view the importance of the library as the most important cultural heritage of the state.”
Amid a row over the proposed demolition of the studying room two months in the past, highway building division minister Nitin Nabin had additionally hinted at a evaluation of the plan.